Family Events & Festivals

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 Babysitting EventsGo to top of List
 
Thursdays
WEE ONES
JMRL - Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, as this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. No meeting on July 4. Northside Library.  9:30-10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
August 23, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND
Sprint Pavilion.
One of the nations oldest, continuously-operating, volunteer community bands, Charlottesville Municipal Band has been the soundtrack of the community since 1922. The band serves Charlottesville/Albemarle and the surrounding counties, providing community enrichment through free quality musical performances and educational outreach, year-round. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-2728-849. 
 
August 25, Sunday
UNCLE DEVIN AT C'VILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
A rising leader in the childrens' music industry, Uncle Devin is Parents' Choice winner that provides kids with an interactive musical experience that use percussion instruments to cultivate their minds. All proceeds go directly to The Virginia Discovery Museum. The FSBC bar and grill will be open. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-8pm.  $10/person, $35/family.  All ages welcome.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
August 30, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: COREY HARRIS
Sprint Pavilion.
Opener: Tonia Ray and the Sound Machine. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
August 30, Friday
MISPO
The Jefferson Theater.
Mipso is born from North Carolinas broad range of disparate musical influences, their distinctly unique sound an undeniable alchemy of the historical musical traditions of the rural south and their progressive home of Chapel Hill. The Jefferson Theater.  8pm, doors open at 7pm.  $15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
September 5, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: THE SKIP CASTRO BAND
Sprint Pavilion.
Opener: Billy & the Backbeats. Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
May 26-September 15, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
August 31-October 5, Saturdays
FREEFALL MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL
WTJU & IX Art Park.
Each week features live music, kids activities, food trucks, and beer, wine & soft drinks. IX Art Park.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
March 9-August 23
19TH ANNUAL VSA VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT
VSA Arts of Charlottesville/Albemarle.
This annual show featuring works by dozens of area artists promotes experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. Works will be on display and for sale until August 25. Carver Recreation Center.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-953-6286. 
 
September 14, Saturday
CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY!
James Madison's Montpelier.
Celebrate Constitution Day with free open house tours, hands-on family-friendly activities, a buffet lunch, live music, and more! James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
June-August, Mondays & Tuesdays
CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Bring kids ages 3-8 for a storytime, craft, snack and fruit picking. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am.  $10 per child, no charge for accompanying adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May-August, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US
Chiles Family Orchards.
These children's sessions include story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and a small container for pick-your-own fruit and a snack. The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome. No drop offs. Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am, arrive by 10:15 to register.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
September 2, Saturday
LABOR DAY FAIR
Frontier Culture Museum.
Help raise money for the Meredith Furr Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. A fair with live music, games, face painting, food and more will be held on the Pavilion. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 7, Saturday
11TH ANNUAL BAKING CONTEST
Saunders Brothers Farm Market.
Pull out your apron and show off your baking skills. Using produce grown by Saunders Brothers wow us with your homemade creations in one of these 6 categories: Apple Dessert, Apple Pie, Peach Dessert, Peach Pie, Savory, and Healthy Snack. Please note that the Healthy Snack category is for children 12 and under. Prizes are awarded for 1st and 2nd place for each category. 2717 Tye Brook Hwy, Piney River.  8:45-10am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
September 5-7, Thursday-Saturday
ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL FAIR AND EXPO
Virginia Horse Center.
Come out to enjoy the fair with pig agility course, animal demonstrations, workshops, farms on parade, music fest with live music and more. Beauty pageants will take place on the final day along with an amateur horse pulling championship. Virginia Horse Center, Lexington.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: excitement@rockbridgefairand expo.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 11-September 14, Second Saturdays
BLM BULL & RODEO
Oakland Heights Farm.
A fun family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing. Make an evening of it with live music, vendors, and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Department. Oakland Heights Farm, Gordonsville.  5:30pm gates open, 6pm music, 7:15pm bull riding.  $Adults are $15, ages 3-13 are $10, 3 and under are free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Matt Lamb.  Email: oaklandheightsfarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-222-1824. 
 
September 13-15, Friday-Sunday
43RD ANNUAL SOMERSET STEAM & GAS PASTURE PARTY
Somerset Steam & Gas Engine Association.
Bring the family to the annual Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party featuring antique tractors, a tractor pull, flea markets, crafts, live music and much more. Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset.  $10 per day, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@somersetsteamandgas.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-3429. 
 
Mid-June through mid-September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through mid-September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches and donut peaches. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Vary.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
Mid June-mid September
PICK YOUR OWN PEACHES AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Chiles Peach Orchard.  Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
September 17, Tuesday
FLOWER ARRANGING WITH DAHLIAS AND FALL FLOWERS
Pharsalia.
With Pharsalia's fall flowers in abundance, including dahlias, celosias, tuberoses, sunflowers, gomphrenas and many others, Foxie and Candice will share their tips on how to create your floral designs and to make them pop. Experience creating your own arrangement as they guide you. Bring clippers, a container and a box to transport the arrangement home. Workshop includes catered lunch. 2333 Pharsalia Rd, Tyro.  10am-1:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5231. 
 
May-September 26, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, hayrides, and the best view of a sunset anywhere. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5:30-8:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
April-September, Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  5:30-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
Late-June-mid-October
HENLEY'S ORCHARD
Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley's grows more than 25 varieties of apples with a low-spray method. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7848. 
 
Late-July-early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
This Nelson Country orchard has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 267 years, ever since King George issued their land grant. The orchard-home to 20 apple varieties-is located near the scenic George Washington National Forest and Wintergreen resort, and many families include a hike to Crabtree Falls while in the area. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5516. 
 
September 7-November 11
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 33 acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities and games. Flashlight maze Saturdays from 6-10pm starting September 21. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-882-6293. 
 
April 14-November 24, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Mid August-November
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples from mid-August to late November and look for hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and enjoy baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts-a mouth-watering local tradition-year-round. This is also a great place to bring visitors, since the panoramic view of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains is fantastic. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
June 16-December 22, Sundays
LIVE MUSIC ON THE HILL
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Every Sunday from 1-4 PM, Pippin Hill welcomes local musicians to perform on the Veranda. Enjoy live music, a Pippin Hill wine and cheese pairing of your choice, and a view that you'll long to return to for weeks to follow. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  Directions: 5022 Plank Rd.  1-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
April 13-December 22, Saturday-Sunday
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  Saturday 9-11am; Sunday 10am-12pm.  $8.99 for ages 12+, $5.99 for kids 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
May 10 & 24, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, Fridays
FRIDAY CHEERS
Castle Hill Cider.
Kick off the weekend with cider on Castle Hill Cider's 600. Gather with family and friends, and enjoy live music and a local food truck on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer. Castle Hill Cider.  5-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-7629. 
 
August 24, Saturday
ANNUAL RIVERFRONT CHALK FESTIVAL & ART CONTEST
Amazement Square & American National Bank and Trust Company.
Come enjoy live music, food trucks and activities. Help transform the downtown parking lot into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of art. Prizes will be awarded. Participating artists will designate a paved space to use as their canvas. Amazement Square.  10am-2pm.  $Free and open to public, registration fee for contest.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
August, Sundays
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC SERIES
Frontier Culture Museum.
The event series celebrates the influence of these musical roots genres on American frontier culture. The event provides a casual environment, and features dinner theater seating with food & beverage vendors. Lee S. Cochran Pavilion at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  5-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-903-3613. 
 
August 31, Saturday
27TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE MOUNTAINS STREET FESTIVAL
Madison Chamber of Commerce.
Come out for this annual festival with live entertainment, shopping, wine tasting, food vendors, pony rides, antique cars and more. Rain or shine. Main Street Madison.  Directions: Madison is located just 27 miles north of Charlottesville on Route 29.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-4455. 
 
August 31, Saturday
CIDERFEST AT CASTLE HILL
Castle Hill Cider.
Cideries sampling and selling, food trucks, live music, artisan vendors and kids activities. Castle Hill Cider, Keswick.  11am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-7629. 
 
August 31, Saturday
FLOCK-N-SPIEL FIBER FEST
Flock-N-Spiel.
Enjoy a fun day full of learning, shopping and animals featuring vendors, demonstrations, workshops and competitions. Rain or shine. Lower Sherwood Farm.  Directions: 291 Llama Farm Rd.  9am-5pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-4494. 
 
August 26-August 31
SHENANDOAH COUNTY FAIR
Shenandoah County Fair Association.
Come out and enjoy tractor pulls, demo derbies, concerts, Monster Truck show, drag races, alligator show, rides and more. See website for complete schedule of events. 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock.  All ages welcome.  Email: teshelman@shencofair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3867. 
 
September 1, Sunday
5TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA FOOD TRUCK BATTLE
The MaDee Project.
The trucks will be sectioned off into three zones. VIP ticket holders receive samples and vote for the best truck in each zone, as well as the best beer from the beer garden. Each zone winner will then compete in front of a panel of judges. The event will also include live music, shopping at artisan, craft and specialty vendors, children's activities and more. Procceds benefit The MaDee Project. August Expo, Fishersville.  11:15am-6pm.  $10-45.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-849-9635. 
 
September 1, Sunday
HARVEST FESTIVAL
Thatch Winery.
Enjoy a hearty harvest lunch and listen to live music. Admission includes a glass of wine with a souvenir glass, access to all festival activities, $5 credit towards the purchase at the food truck and a 10% on wine. Thatch Winery.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7105. 
 
July 19-September 1
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.
This summer, come to one of the mid-Atlantic region's longest-running outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs.  Times vary.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@musicfest.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3396. 
 
September 2, Monday
LABOR DAY FAIR
Frontier Culture Museum.
After the I Am Brave 5K Race, enjoy a fair with live music, games, face painting, food and more will be held on the Pavilion following the 5K beginning at 10:30am. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  10:30am-2pm.  $Pay What You Will.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 7, Saturday
18TH ANNUAL LIGHT HOUSE YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
Light House Studio.
Enjoy some popcorn and mingle with Light House participants before the screening of the year's best works. The Paramount Theater.  5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-6992. 
 
September 7, Saturday
44TH ANNUAL ORANGE STREET FESTIVAL
Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
This eclectic festival with live music and vendors offering a wide range of items including local artwork, handmade crafts, jewelry, specialty food and drinks also offers plenty of children's activities. Main Street in Orange.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
September 7, Saturday
FALL FRUIT FESTIVAL
Edible Landscaping.
Tours, music, food, lectures, door prizes, plants sale and more! Leashed pets are welcome. Edible Landscaping, Afton.  Directions: 361 Spirit Ridge Lane.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ediblelandscaping.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-9134. 
 
September 5-7, Thursday-Saturday
ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL FAIR AND EXPO
Virginia Horse Center.
Come out to enjoy the fair with pig agility course, animal demonstrations, workshops, farms on parade, music fest with live music and more. Beauty pageants will take place on the final day along with an amateur horse pulling championship. Virginia Horse Center, Lexington.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: excitement@rockbridgefairand expo.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 7, Saturday
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK'S 19TH ANNUAL WILDERNESS WEEKEND
National Park Service.
Celebrate America's Wilderness heritage during Shenandoah National Park's 19th annual Wilderness Weekend. One of the largest Wilderness areas in the eastern United States, Shenandoah's Wilderness offers opportunities for solitude, scenic views, wildlife sightings and glimpses into the past. Experience Shenandoah's Wilderness by hiking through it or looking into it from Skyline Drive. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 6-8, Friday-Sunday
ZINC. VINTAGE MARKET
Zinc. Vintage Market.
Come and shop all things vintage while enjoying live music, food trucks and a kids' zone. Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  10am-5pm Friday-Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6409. 
 
September 14, Saturday
20TH ANNUAL APPLE BUTTER CELEBRATION
Shenandoah National Park.
Due to Hurricane Florence, this event has been canceled. Skyland's annual Apple Butter Celebration features live entertainment, apple infused culinary creations, wine tasting, pony rides, children's crafts, apple butter and more. Skyland Historic Lower Level Area.  Directions: Mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive.  11am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
September 14, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE PRIDE FESTIVAL
Cville Pride Community Network.
The 8th Annual Charlottesville Pride Festival offers a kid-friendly, entertainment-packed celebration of diversity and inclusion for all. Kids can enjoy activities while parents can enjoy the beer and wine garden, food trucks and vendors. Sprint Pavilion.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cvillepride.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September-October 12, Saturdays & Sundays
FALL FESTIVAL WEEKENDS
Hartland Farm & Orchard.
Get lost in the corn maze, take a hayride, cheer on pig and duck races, ride down the 60-foot tall slide mountain, visit with farm animals, and enjoy pumpkin bowling, apple canons and more. Hartland Farm & Orchard, Markham.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-533-6901. 
 
September 1-October 22
FALL FESTIVAL
Back Home-on the Farm.
Enjoy some old-fashioned fall fun, including a 7-acre pumpkin patch, a 5-acre corn maze, wagon rides to pumpkin patch, a historic carousel, a cow train, rubber ducky race, pig races, Putt Putt golf, campfires and more. Back Home-on the Farm, Harrisonburg.  3-7pm Mondays-Fridays, 10am-7pm Saturdays in September, 10am-10pm Saturdays in October, 12-6pm Sundays.  $10, under age 2 are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
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July 8-August 30
KIDS ARE FREE
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check in at the Visitor Center. James Madison's Montpelier.  $$22 for adults.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
September 2, Monday
LABOR DAY FAIR
Frontier Culture Museum.
After the I Am Brave 5K Race, enjoy a fair with live music, games, face painting, food and more will be held on the Pavilion following the 5K beginning at 10:30am. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  10:30am-2pm.  $Pay What You Will.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 14 & 15, Saturday & Sunday
A CIVIL WAR WEEKEND
Coyner Springs Park / Waynesboro At War.
Take a step back into Waynesboro's history. Talk with Civil War soldiers from both armies. Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of camp life from a bygone era. Witness the thrill of charging cavalry, thundering Artillery and the determination of the Infantry as they battle. Enjoy a Civil War town baseball game at 4pm, then come back at 7pm for the Civil War Dance Social. Coyner Springs Park, Waynesboro .  9am-5pm, 7pm Dance.  $5 a day ages 12 and up, $8 two-day pass.  Email: waynesboroatwar@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-5259. 
 
August 10, September 14 & October 12
JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM
James Madison's Montpelier.
Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned from Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  3:00pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 20 & October 12, Saturdays
THE DOGS OF MONTPELIER LANDSCAPE WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Enjoy Montpelier’s trails and grounds with your canine companion, while learning about the history and folklore of dogs at Montpelier. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am.  $10.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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September 6-8, Friday-Sunday
ZINC. VINTAGE MARKET
Zinc. Vintage Market.
Come and shop all things vintage while enjoying live music, food trucks and a kids' zone. Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  10am-5pm Friday-Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6409. 
 
September 14-21 (Closed Sunday)
HERE WEE GROW AGAIN!
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
This semi-annual kids consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church's outreach efforts. Choose which of three charities will receive your $5 entry fee at the "Choose Your Charity Event" September 9 from 10am-6pm. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  9am-3pm Saturdays, 10am-6pm Monday-Friday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-5806. 
 
May 4-September 28, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
Albemarle County.
Local vendors bringing fresh in season vegetables and fruits, locally raised meats, eggs, fresh baked goods, roasted coffees, hot prepared foods, jewelry,soaps, tie dye crafts and clothing, and so much more. Leashed pets welcome. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  $Free Admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
April 6-September 28, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts every Saturday morning. 100 Water St E, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
May 4-October 19, Saturdays
MADISON FARMERS MARKET
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come to the Farmers Market to shop, eat and browse from a local and fresh selection. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  8am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
May 4-October 26, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1092. 
 
May 14-October 29, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Shop local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May 5-October 30, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. 300 Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
April 6-November 16, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy local produce, meat and eggs, baked goods, flowers, jams and hand-crafted items in historic Scottsville. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: market@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-9267. 
 
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August 23-25, Friday-Sunday
STAR WARS SERIES AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
Catch three Star Wars Episodes in three days. On Friday at 7pm and Sunday at 11am watch Episode IV "A New Hope." On Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 1:30pm, you can catch Episode V "The Empire Strikes Back." And finally, on Sunday at 4pm, you can see Episode VI "Return of the Jedi." The Paramount Theater.  Varies.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
September 7, Saturday
18TH ANNUAL LIGHT HOUSE YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
Light House Studio.
Enjoy some popcorn and mingle with Light House participants before the screening of the year's best works. The Paramount Theater.  5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-6992. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
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April 5-September 1
OF WOMEN BY WOMEN
The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA.
An exploration of the power inherent in the act of taking a photograph, how that power is distributed between the subject and the photographer, and how gender often informs that balance. This exhibition consists of photographs taken by women with women subjects; these women vary in age, race, nationality, status, and expression. The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592 . 
 
September 14, Saturday
CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY!
James Madison's Montpelier.
Celebrate Constitution Day with free open house tours, hands-on family-friendly activities, a buffet lunch, live music, and more! James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
June 21-November 10
ASIAN ART FROM THE PERMANENT AND SELECT PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA.
This exhibition, drawn primarily from the museum's permanent collection with select loans from private collections, is curated by Professors Dorothy Wong and Daniel Ehnbom. On view will be works from China, Japan, and India ranging from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries. The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592 . 
 
August 9, 2019-January 5, 2020
TIME TO GET READY: FOTOGRAFIA SOCIAL
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Time to Get Ready: Fotografia Social features photographs taken from 1966 to the 1980s by Maria Varela (b.1940) in numerous locations throughout the Deep South, Washington D.C. and New Mexico. Raised Catholic by her Mexican father and Irish mother, Varela first got involved in the Catholic social justice movement by joining the Young Christian Students. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-1022. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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May-August, Select Saturdays
TWILIGHT HIKING
Shenandoah National Park Lodging.
Hike into the "Big Meadow" at dusk through the dramatic changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the incredible spread of night with its multitude of stars. At 3,500 feet, you are high above the haze and light pollution of the mid-Atlantic, making this experience truly unforgettable. All hikes are led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Reservations are required. Distance covered is less than 2 miles. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited and often fills quickly. Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51 on Skyline Dr.).  Directions: Meets at the grassy circle in front of the the Lodge lobby.  7pm departure, 9:30-10pm return.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
May 27-September 2
ALBEMARLE COUNTY BEACHES OPEN
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation.
On Saturday, May 25, swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session. Various beach locations.  Daylight hours.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 2, Monday
GENWORTH FREE COMMUNITY DAY
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy free admission, which includes Butterflies LIVE!, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks, and The Art of Play. Note that entrance to Butterflies LIVE! closes at 3:30pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
June 13-September 12, Second and Fourth Thursdays
FIDOS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed pets during the second and fourth Thursdays of each month's Flowers After 5. A suggested pet admission price of $2 benefits the SPCA. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 6-September 12, Thursdays
FLOWERS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on the second and fourth Thursdays of June, July, August and Thursday September 13 to allow leashed pets at "Fidos After 5." Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
September 14, Saturday
20TH ANNUAL APPLE BUTTER CELEBRATION
Shenandoah National Park.
Due to Hurricane Florence, this event has been canceled. Skyland's annual Apple Butter Celebration features live entertainment, apple infused culinary creations, wine tasting, pony rides, children's crafts, apple butter and more. Skyland Historic Lower Level Area.  Directions: Mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive.  11am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
May 26-September 15, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
October 10, Thursday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE
The Paramount Theater.
Explore a hidden universe through the eyes of the photographic team of David Doubilet and his underwater partner Jennifer Hayes. David Doubilet is one of the most prolific living photographers at National Geographic magazine and jokes that he's spent more of his waking hours underwater than on dry land. His wife Jennifer Hayes is an aquatic biologist and a globally published photojournalist. Join them on a visual journey of their National Geographic assignments to three unique marine environments. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
April 12-October 14
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 6, June 8, August 10 & October 19, Saturdays
SEASONAL FOREST STROLLS
James Madison's Montpelier.
Winding through the Landmark and Demonstration forests, learn about the dynamic history of the forests, including use, preservation and management over the last two centuries. Discover how we care for the land today. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-12pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
April 27, June 29, August 31 & October 26, Saturdays
FOREST & FIELD: A NATURE EXPLORATION SERIES
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier's Nature Exploration Series takes visitors into different places in the landscape for a closer look at the natural world. Each of the four walks highlights a unique topic, including native plants and animals (April 27), mushrooms and other forest floor dwellers (June 29), and insects, friends and foes (August 31). The final session of the series delves into nature journaling to draw and take note of what we see, feel and hear. Each tour includes experts and Master Naturalists to enrich the tour with their topical knowledge and provide a small group experience. Each walk takes a different path with some moderate hills and is suitable for elementary grade children and up. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-12pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
May 4-October 27
RIDES ON THE GYPSY EXPRESS
Gypsy Hill Park Express.
The Gypsy Express is a short, fun ride around a scenic area of Stauntons Gypsy Hill Park. Today's riders are frequently the children and grandchildren of those who first rode the mini train more than a half-century ago. Rain cancels rides. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  1-3pm.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3800. 
 
September 3 & 10, October 1 & 8, November 6 & December 3
SEASONAL GARDEN WALKS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the collection, offered monthly except January, July, and August. Come dressed for the weather and walking in the Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  10-11am.  $17/non-members, Free for members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
First Saturday Monthly
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
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July 20-September 2
MONSTER JAM® THUNDER ALLEY
Kings Dominion.
Monster Jam® Thunder Alley roars into Kings Dominion this summer, allowing all ages to get up close, sit in and even ride in some of their favorite Monster Jam® trucks. Kings Dominion.  $Park admission required.  Email: info@kingsdominion.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-876-5000. 
 
September 8, Sunday
THE FUTURE OF OUR LANDSCAPES IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT
The Paramount Theater / Piedmont Master Gardeners Association / Virginia Cooperative Extension.
The Piedmont Master Gardeners Association and Virginia Cooperative Extension presents "The Future of our Landscapes in aa Changing Environment," giving attendees the means to discover the unfolding impacts of climate change on our world, plants and animals in Virginia. The Paramount Theater.  3-6:30pm.  $10 Adults, Ages 18 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
August 16 & September 13, Fridays
CVILLE SERIES: THE OPEN MIC
Jefferson African American Heritage Center.
Rappers, singers, dancers, painters/sketch artists, ventriloquist, comedians, actors and more talented folks are invited to come perform on the Jefferson stage. The sign-up will begin roughly at 6:45pm. All proceeds benefit the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center. Jefferson African American Heritage Center.  7-9pm.  $5 for audience, free for performers.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
September 17-21
ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Altria Theater.
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory ... to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Part of the 2019-2020 Broadway In Richmond Season Altria Theater, Richmond.  Varies.  $Prices vary.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
June 16-December 22, Sundays
LIVE MUSIC ON THE HILL
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Every Sunday from 1-4 PM, Pippin Hill welcomes local musicians to perform on the Veranda. Enjoy live music, a Pippin Hill wine and cheese pairing of your choice, and a view that you'll long to return to for weeks to follow. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  Directions: 5022 Plank Rd.  1-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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September 7, Saturday
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH & SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
UVA Second Year Council Community Outreach Committee .
UVA's Second Year Council and Charlottesville charity, Backpack Buddies, are hosting a fun-filled event for the whole family to kick off the school year. There will be an inflatable, arts & crafts, outdoor games, snow cones and more. All that's asked is that you donate school supplies to help fill and deliver backpacks to area students. The vision of the Class of 2022 is to bridge the gap between UVA students and Charlottesville residents, one fun community event at a time. UVA Amphitheater.  Directions: 151 Amphitheater Way.  2-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Emma Keller.  Email: eck7kh@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 757-759-7373. 
 
August 20, Tuesday
SUMMER SHIMMY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Boogie, rock, shake it all about! A fun-filled active 30 minutes of dancing, dancing, dancing. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
August 24, Saturday
ANNUAL SPLASH FOR A CURE & 5K
The Ishan Gala Foundation.
The event will include a 5K race, water-park fun, entertainment and great food put on by the Ishan Gala Foundation to raise money for families who have been impacted by childrens cancer. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! ACAC Adventure Central.  Directions: 200 Four Seasons Drive.  7am-12pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ishangala.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-234-4644. 
 
August 24, Saturday
FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT
Maymont Estate.
Explore Maymont's 100 acres in a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels available. Ages 4 and up. Register online. Maymont, Richmond.  10am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
August 24, Saturday
GRAND REOPENING OF SKITTERPLOW, LLC DBA SHENANIGANS
Skitterplow.
In celebration of the reopening of Skitterplow, LLC, formerly Shenanigans, the whole store will be 10 percent off that day, along with a big raffle with prizes including blow-outs from Moxie Hair Lounge, Erin McDermott Jewelry and lots of toys. Skitterplow, LLC dba Shenanigans.  10am-6pm.  $Free.  For more info call: 434-295-4797. 
 
July 8, Sunday
3RD ANNUAL CVILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come at 4 pm to enjoy FSBC's pools, grounds and cafe. Enjoy a poolside concert and jam out as various artists perform a great show for the whole family. All proceeds benefit local nonprofits. Musicians include, Mister G on June 2, Red Yarn on July 21 and Uncle Devin on August 25. Fry's Spring Beach Club,Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-8 pm.  $$10 per person or $35 for a family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
June, July & August
BOOKS AT THE BARN - HOPE'S LEGACY EQUINE RESCUE
Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue.
Books at the Barn is a new outdoor reading program for 8- to 12-year-olds plus their parents/guardians. For three Sundays in June, July or August, six children and their parents will learn about horses and donkeys, read to the animals, and have fun and safe interaction with the animals. Snacks, drinks, and two books for each participant to take home at the end of the program will be provided. 2080 Castle Rock Road, Afton.  1:30-3pm.  $0.  Contact: Rosi Beachy.  Email: development@hopeslegacy.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-989-2949. 
 
August 25, Sunday
UNCLE DEVIN AT C'VILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
A rising leader in the childrens' music industry, Uncle Devin is Parents' Choice winner that provides kids with an interactive musical experience that use percussion instruments to cultivate their minds. All proceeds go directly to The Virginia Discovery Museum. The FSBC bar and grill will be open. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-8pm.  $10/person, $35/family.  All ages welcome.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
August 5, 12 19 & 26, Mondays
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CIRCLE
JMRL - Central.
Are you learning English? Join this casual drop-in group to discuss a variety of topics with other English Language Learners, staff and volunteers. Children welcome. Central Library.  11am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
August 22-25 & 29-31
SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS: TWELFTH NIGHT
Poplar Forest.
Shakespearean theatre returns to Poplar Forest with Rogue Productions' presentation of Twelfth Night, the Bard's hilarious comedy of love triangles and mistaken identities. Originally written as entertainment for the Twelfth Night celebration in 1602. Presented with one 15-minute intermission. Bring your friends and family, your lawn chairs and a picnic dinner, and experience the magic of Shakespeare's verse. Poplar Forest, Lynchburg.  7pm.  $15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
May 26-September 1, Saturdays
SUMMER CELEBRATION SERIES AT BOAR'S HEAD
Boar's Head Inn.
Starting at dusk, see family-friendly movies on a giant, 12-foot inflatable screen while you relax on your most comfortable blanket or lawn chair. Beforehand, jam under the stars to your favorite band. Bring a friend and enjoy an array of food and beverage options suitable for kids and adults. Boar's Head Inn.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7105. 
 
September 2, Monday
EXCLUSIVE BOBCAT PRESENTATION
Maymont.
Visit behind the scenes at the bobcat habitat and get close enough to hear this secretive feline purr. Watch from the trainer's perspective as Monty the bobcat shows off his amazing natural behaviors, and see what Maymont's Manager of Animal Training does to ensure he receives excellent care. Bobcat Habitat, Maymont.  2-2:30pm.  $25, $20 members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
July 20-September 2
MONSTER JAM® THUNDER ALLEY
Kings Dominion.
Monster Jam® Thunder Alley roars into Kings Dominion this summer, allowing all ages to get up close, sit in and even ride in some of their favorite Monster Jam® trucks. Kings Dominion.  $Park admission required.  Email: info@kingsdominion.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-876-5000. 
 
August 17-September 8
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
August 16 & September 13, Fridays
CVILLE SERIES: THE OPEN MIC
Jefferson African American Heritage Center.
Rappers, singers, dancers, painters/sketch artists, ventriloquist, comedians, actors and more talented folks are invited to come perform on the Jefferson stage. The sign-up will begin roughly at 6:45pm. All proceeds benefit the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center. Jefferson African American Heritage Center.  7-9pm.  $5 for audience, free for performers.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
September 13, Friday
FALL HOMESCHOOL DAY
Frontier Culture Museum.
During Homeschool Day, visitors will see activities such as cooking, gardening, woodworking, flax and wool spinning, rare-breed animals, schoolhouse lessons and more. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 14, Saturday
43RD STREET FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
43rd Street Gallery.
Come to this fine art and craft show featuring 75 of the region's finest artisans. Enjoy a day of art, music and food. Forest Hill Ave. & 43rd St., Richmond.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-233-1758. 
 
September 14, Saturday
VALLEY WIDE CRUISE-IN & CAR SHOW
Town of Elkton Community Center.
A fun, family event with vendors, food, children's entertainment, face painting, inflatables, giveaways, a family movie night with free popcorn and of course some great cars. Elkton Area Community Center.  3-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-298-8730. 
 
September 17, Tuesday
NATURALIZATION CEREMONY AT POPLAR FOREST
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Witness a Naturalization Ceremony welcoming 30 new American citizens in honor of Constitution Day, which commemorates the day in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document they created. Admission to the ceremony is included with general admission to Poplar Forest. Poplar Forest.  11am-1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
September 18, Wednesday
HENNA WORKSHOP
JMRL - Central Library.
Discover the art of traditional Mehndi in this workshop. Create your own henna tattoos and learn safety and care information. Ages 14+. Required registration. Central Library.  6-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: erapp@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 24-September 23, Fourth Mondays
PICNIC ON THE PATIO
Tavern on the Green.
Enjoy food, fun and games in a carnival atmosphere featuring corn hole, volley ball, a bounce house and more. Each event will feature different vendors, a winery, distillery, & brewery. Pre-order a picnic basket from the Tavern or purchase à la carte as there will be grilling outside with all your picnic favorites. Seating is available on the patio but you can bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to eat on the grass. Tavern on the Green, Zion Crossroads.  12-4pm.  $1 for over 21.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29, Saturdays & Sundays
SWANNANOA PALACE OPEN HOUSE
Swnnanoa Palace.
Swannanoa Palace, a $2 million, 52-room mansion built in 1912 by Major James Dooley and modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, is open to the public. The 4,000-piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley are sure to impress. Swannanoa Palace, Afton.  11:30am-5pm.  $8 for Self Guided Tour and $10 for Guided Tours; Children 12 and under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 409-256-8735. 
 
All of September
DINE OUT FOR NO KID HUNGRY
September is Hunger Awareness Month. All month, people can dine out at any of the thousands of participating restaurants across the country where every $1 donated can connect a child struggling with hunger with 10 meals. That's a big deal in a country where 1 out of 5 kids can't count on their next meal, and it's a simple way to make every meal count. Participating restaurants across the country.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 212-528-1691. 
 
October 10, Thursday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE
The Paramount Theater.
Explore a hidden universe through the eyes of the photographic team of David Doubilet and his underwater partner Jennifer Hayes. David Doubilet is one of the most prolific living photographers at National Geographic magazine and jokes that he's spent more of his waking hours underwater than on dry land. His wife Jennifer Hayes is an aquatic biologist and a globally published photojournalist. Join them on a visual journey of their National Geographic assignments to three unique marine environments. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
Second Wednesdays monthly
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new pal by reading aloud to a furry companion from Green Dogs Unleashed.Call the library to register for a 15-minute time slot. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Every Second Monday
KID LIT
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids 2 and up enjoy a STEAM-related story every second Monday, then extend learning with a corresponding hands-on art craft, science experiment, or building challenge. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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August 24, Saturday
MAD RUN 4 MILER
Madison Running Club.
The Madison Running Club's community-wide fundraiser for the UVA Breast Care Center & MESA returns. A kid's MAD Dash is free for all kids 10 and under, all of whom will get a goodie bag. Hebron Lutheran Church, Madison.  7:30am.  Email: madrun4miler@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May-August, Select Saturdays
TWILIGHT HIKING
Shenandoah National Park Lodging.
Hike into the "Big Meadow" at dusk through the dramatic changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the incredible spread of night with its multitude of stars. At 3,500 feet, you are high above the haze and light pollution of the mid-Atlantic, making this experience truly unforgettable. All hikes are led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Reservations are required. Distance covered is less than 2 miles. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited and often fills quickly. Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51 on Skyline Dr.).  Directions: Meets at the grassy circle in front of the the Lodge lobby.  7pm departure, 9:30-10pm return.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
August 31, Saturday
UN-BARREL-BLE 5K AND 10K
Blue Mountain Barrel House.
This summer 5k/10k will run from the Blue Mountain Barrel House and around surrounding streets. Come for the race, but stay for the beer after. Walkers, strollers and leashed pets are welcome to attend this event. Benefiting the Arc of Central VA. Blue Mountain Barrel House, Arrington.  7:30am 10k, 8am 5k.  $35 5K registration, $40 10K registration.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-4002. 
 
September 2, Saturday
LABOR DAY FAIR
Frontier Culture Museum.
Help raise money for the Meredith Furr Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. A fair with live music, games, face painting, food and more will be held on the Pavilion. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
September 6, Friday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. WILLIAM & MARY & PAINT THE TOWN ORANGE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos and celebrate their first official home game of the season! Scott Stadium.  8pm.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
September 7, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL PANCAKE 5K
Chiles Family Orchards / Crozet Running.
A fundraiser for the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, this annual community event is a scenic out-and-back down Jarman Gap Road. Following the race, enjoy a pancake breakfast. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  7-7:45am registration, 8am race.  $20 adults, $10 kids under 12.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
September 7, Saturday
DOWN ON THE FARM 5K & FUN RUN
Wood Ridge Farm Brewery / The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.
This event will feature both a 5K and a half-mile Kids' Fun Run with a short awards program to follow. Enjoy food, beverages, music and more at Wood Ridge Farm Brewery following the event. 5K participants will receive a tee shirt and goodie bag with their entry fee. Kids' Fun Run participants will receive a prize bag with their entry fee. Wood Ridge Farm Brewery, Lovingston.  8am-12pm.  $Varies.  Email: info@woodridgefarmbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-422-6225. 
 
September 7, Saturday
ROAD RIDE & RAMBLE
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Road Ride & Ramble day will include an awesome day on the bike taking in amazing Blue Ridge Mountain views, well-stocked rest stops along the routes, music and cold beers at the finish in Nelson County at Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows. Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Roseland.  8am-5pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 7, Saturday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against High Point. Klockner Stadium.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-8821. 
 
September 14, Saturday
AREA 3 SPECIAL OLYMPICS 10K RUN & 2 MILE WALK
This gently rolling 6.2-mile course features prizes for the best male and female overall, as well as age group place prizes, and grab bags. Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Ivy.  8am.  $Varies.  Email: David.Zentmyer@ccs.k12.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2391. 
 
September 14, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. FLORIDA STATE & UNIVERSITY DAY
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  7:30pm.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
September 15, Sunday
CVILLE CYCLING CHALLENGE
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.
Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 25-, 50-, 75-, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, out and back from Old Trail Swim Club to Chiles Peach Orchard. After-party festivities with catered food, drinks, awards, swimming pool, professional pictures and live music. Old Trail Swim Club.  8am start.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-228-4881. 
 
September 17, Tuesday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against Radford. Klockner Stadium.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-8821. 
 
May 26-October 6, Every Sunday
POLO AT KING FAMILY VINEYARDS
King Family Vineyards.
Every Sunday, weather permitting, Roseland polo hosts a day of wine, competition and family fun. Guests are encouraged to bring a 10x10 pop-up tent for shade and folding chairs or a blanket to sit on. King Family Vineryards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7800. 
 
September 6-November 29
FOOTBALL WEEKENDS AT ALUMNI HALL
The UVA Alumni Association.
Gather at Alumni Hall three hours before kick-off for every home game. These tailgates feature live bands, tap takeovers by local breweries, kids activities, food, drinks and more. Several big-screen TVs let you catch all the college football gamed action too. One-way shuttle service is provided from Alumni Hall to Observatory Hill Dining Hall across from the stadium. The UVA Alumni Association.  Directions: 211 Emmet Street South.  $Free to attend; Food available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-9042. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays in January
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
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August 23-25, Friday-Sunday
BLACK BOX PLAYERS PRESENTS "DISNEY'S FROZEN JR."
Black Box Players.
Registration opens on April 1st for children 5-18 years old! Performances are August 23rd-25th. Session fee is $100.00. TBA.  All ages welcome.  Email: maryanne@blackboxplayers.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 10-September 29
MIDSUMMER 90
American Shakespeare Center.
Shakespeare's mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is his tribute to humankind's power of imagination, and reveals that the course of true lovecan alter with just one touch of magic. A 90 minute adaptation. For ages 7+ The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
August 8-November 29
CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA
American Shakespeare Center.
A wily old general mentors a fiery young queen in the finer points of state-craft. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
June 26-November 30
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
American Shakespeare Center.
Two great leaders entangle themselves and their nations in one great big romantic mess. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
June 25-November 30
JULIUS CEASER
American Shakespeare Center.
A cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of political assassination. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 South Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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